R. Donald Hoffman

R. Donald Hoffman


(412) 648-1915
444 Salk Hall


Associate Professor/Special Assistant to the Dean

Pittsburgh, PA 15261


Dr. Hoffman is a 1972 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.  He received his MEd (Higher Education) in 1982 and PhD (Higher Education) in 1988 from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Hoffman has been a faculty member at Pitt since 1972.  His current academic rank is an Associate Professor; and serves as Special Assistant to the Dean.  From 2001 through 2011 he served as Associate Dean for Education and Curriculum.

Dr. Hoffman has been actively involved in organized dentistry.  In 1998 he served as President of the Dental Society of Western Pennsylvania.  During 2013-2014 he served as President of the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA).  Previously, from 2003 to 2007 he served as 10th District Trustee to the Pennsylvania Dental Association; and as PDA Treasurer from 2007 to 2012.  He has been a delegate or alternate delegate from his district to the Pennsylvania Dental Association’s Annual Session since 1982.  Dr. Hoffman has served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House of Delegates.  He gained fellowship in the International College of Dentists (1984) and is currently Vice-Regent of USA-ICD District 3 (PA).  He also holds fellowship in the American College of Dentists (1988) and the Pierre Fauchard Academy (1989).  Dr. Hoffman has also gained Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry. 

Dr. Hoffman is a consultant to the Commission of Dental Competency Assessments serving them as an examiner.  Additionally he has been a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) since 1991.  During this time he has chaired or participated in 40 site evaluations of AEGD programs.  At the national level, in 1999-2000 he served as Chair of the Section on Educational Research, Development and Curriculum of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).



University of Pittsburgh, BS 1968
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, DMD 1972
University of Pittsburgh, MEd 1982
University of Pittsburgh, PhD 1988

Academic Department

Restorative Dentistry/Comprehensive Care